Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area's newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday 4 March 2021 in Jerilderie.
Taking the pledge were Mrs Amelita Carpio from Darlington Point and also Mr Maiwand Rasooly and his two sons Rehan and Subhan, now living in Sydney but formerly from Jerilderie.
Mrs Carpio's husband, Geronimo, and son, David, who had pledged their citizenship in February 2019, were also present.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said citizenship ceremonies are a very rewarding part of her role as Mayor and it was a great pleasure to officially confer Australian citizenship on each candidate.
"I warmly congratulate the new citizens in officially becoming Australians and wish them every success for the future," said Cr McRae.
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Member for Murray Helen Dalton was on hand to witness the ceremonies. She congratulated all the new citizens on this very special day.
"On behalf of the communities and people of the Electorate of Murray, I warmly welcome you as a citizen.
"We embrace you as a citizen of our land and we welcome you to our community," she said.
Mrs Carpio, originally from the Philippines, said she was so happy and grateful to be part of this wonderful country.
"It was a dream before and now is a reality", she said.
Mr Rasooly also described his journey from Afghanistan to becoming an Australian citizen as a dream come true and said it was a privilege to become a citizen.
Murrumbidgee Council holds a number of citizenship ceremonies throughout the year.
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